Biodiversity Action in England

The England Biodiversity Group

The England Biodiversity Group, involving stakeholders from public, private and the voluntary sector, advises the Government on the implementation of the UKBAP in England. In particular, it oversees development and delivery of the Biodiversity Strategy for England as set out in Working With The Grain Of Nature (2002). The Group is chaired by Defra who provide its secretariat thorough the Biodiversity Policy Unit.


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Working With The Grain Of Nature: A Biodiversity Strategy For England

The strategy, published in 2002, brings together England’s key contributions to achieving a halt in biodiversity loss, seeks to make biodiversity part of the mainstream of our thinking and emphasises that healthy, thriving and diverse ecosystems are essential to everybody’s quality of life and well-being. The strategy is about partnership – partnership to deliver more biodiversity, for its own intrinsic value, for the services it provides, and because it enriches peoples’ lives. Chapter 7 of the Strategy is most relevant to the planning system and sets out the Government’s specific vision for towns and cities and new developments.

A series of detailed indicators have been published in Working With The Grain Of Nature – Taking It Forward: Volume II Measuring Progress On The England Biodiversity Strategy: 2006 AssessmentIndicator T5 (page 108) examines the extent of coverage for biodiversity policies and targets in Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans in England. The objective with this indicator is: To increase the incorporation of policies and targets to promote biodiversity into Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans.

List of Species And Habitats Of Principal Importance in England


Section 41 (S41) of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC Act 2006) requires the Secretary of State to publish a list of habitats and species that are of principal importance for the conservation of biodiversity in England. The list (including 56 habitats and 943 species) has been drawn up in consultation with Natural England and draws upon the UK BAP List of Priority Species and Habitats.


The S41 list should be used to guide decision-makers such as local and regional authorities when implementing their duty: to have regard to the conservation of biodiversity in the exercise of their normal functions – as required under Section 40 of the NERC Act 2006


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